Flat Sandal Style

Flat sandals have been around for millennia…and there’s a great reason why: they’re easy to wear and go with practically everything! While wedges and heeled sandals can be perfect for dressy occasions, sometimes it’s just not practical for every day wear. More often, it’s nice to have a cute and simple sandal that can be worn every day and still allow you to look more put together than with a basic flip-flop.

Flat sandals go with everything from maxi skirts and dresses, to shorts and jeans. These styles can be the perfect finish for nearly any outfit, as shown by these celebs who are out and about.

celebs-in-flat-sandalsNot only are they stable and easy to walk in, we love the versatility they provide; simple and chic like Kim’s t-strap-ankle-wrap sandal, or embellished and eye catching like Cate’s beaded beauties.

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The Isola Presta and Marisa are perfect examples of how flat sandals can be dressy as well and functional.

Some of our favorite brands like Isola and Born have new styles that fit the bill. The Marisa and Presta from Isola are offered in a fun and sassy snake print and feature eye-catching metal accents at the toe for a dressier look. The Eryka and Kristine from Born offer a more casual look in a variety of bright, summery colors to complete your everyday looks.

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Born has a variety of flat sandals that are comfy, stylish, and colorful. (Eryka and Kristine pictured)

Minnetonka sandals have details that are fresh and young.

Minnetonka sandals have details that are fresh and young.

For this summer, we have started stocking sandals from some of our favorite boot brands: Timberland and Minnetonka. Minnetonka remains fun, trendy, and young with the braided “Liberty,” the fringe-fest that is the “Maui,” and the beading details on the “Antigua.” Timberland’s sandals involve stylish and classic silhouettes, like the fisherman style of the “Sheafe Fisherman” and the simplicity of the “Harborview Thong Ankle Strap.”

 

The sandals from Timberland for Spring/Summer 2015 are classic silhouettes with a modern feel.
The sandals from Timberland for Spring/Summer 2015 are classic silhouettes with a modern feel.

 

If you find yourself in need of a go-to pair of sandals in place of boring old flip-flops, take a look at some of the sandal styles we have to offer on our website. And remember, if you are having trouble finding just the right style or if you have any questions, give us a call at 1-866-363-7463 and a friendly customer service representative will be happy to help you.

 

Brand Spotlight: Vionic with Orthaheel Technology

Here at Dodds Shoe Co. we love when brands offer not only great support, but good looks, too!  Vionic shoes with Orthaheel Technology are offered in a wide variety of styles and you can view the many styles we carry on our website!

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Vionic has a variety of casual and dressier styles, including (clockwise) the Willa, Joan, Cairns, and Walker.

From the luxury and femininity of the “Joan,” to the security of the back strap on the “Cairns,” to the sleek and stylish look of the “Willa” to the sporty walking shoe “Walker,” Vionic has a shoe to suit any style!

 

We’ve also recently added sandals to our Vionic collection here at Dodds!  Be sure to check out the fun and flirty animal print available on the “Bella II” thong-style sandal or the versatility of the removable decorative strap on the adjustable “Amber” sandal.  You can see all our Vionic sandals here.

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Vionic Bella II and Vionic Amber; two of the styles from Vionic’s Spring 2015 sandal collection

Vionic shoes with Orthaheel Technology can be a great choice for anyone experiencing pain or discomfort from pronation or plantar fasciitis. Pronation is the rotation of your foot inward, which collapses your arch and causes misalignment of your heel and therefore, the rest of your leg.  The vast majority of people pronate at least slightly, and never know it until they start experiencing pain. As an added point about pronation, many issues with back and knee pain can be alleviated by simply re-aligning your feet!

 

  • People with a normal arch tend to be normal pronators.  This means that as you move, your foot rolls inward about 15% to create more contact with the ground to support your body weight.
  • People with flat feet tend to overpronate.  This means that as you move, your foot rolls inward more than the ideal 15% causing instability through the foot and ankle and severely decreasing your body’s natural ability to absorb shock.

 

The plantar fascia is the connective tissue in your foot which supports your arch from the bottom of the foot.  When a person suffers from plantar fasciitis, this tissue has been strained, causing it to become weak, swollen and inflamed, resulting in pain, especially near the heel.

 

 

Why choose Vionic?  

The orthotic technology in each shoe is based on 30 years of podiatric experience and now also boasts years of customer satisfaction.  Every shoe from Vionic features a deep heel cup for stability, a biomechanical footbed for support, and a firm but flexible midsole for relief.

 

Every Vionic with Orthaheel Technology product has earned both a recommendation from world-renowned integrative medicine expert, Andrew Weil, M.D. and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance.  The APMA Seal of Acceptance is only granted to products that have been submitted to a committee of experts that are found to promote good foot health.

In fact, the support provided from Vionic shoes can be such a vast improvement over traditional footwear, that the company suggests you wear your new shoes around for just a few hours a day to begin with, so your feet can get used to the increase in support.

 

If you find yourself looking for a supportive shoe or sandal but don’t want to sacrifice style, check out Vionic with Orthaheel Technology at Dodds Shoe Co.!

 

4th of July Fashions

Independence Day is not only a very important day in our nation’s history, but also a great opportunity to CELEBRATE!!!  So whether you need a new pair of hiking shoes to go camping or hiking and enjoy the beautiful country side, or you want to rock some red, white, and blue at a backyard barbeque in the city, we’ve got just what you’re looking for.

Looking to enjoy the holiday in the great American outdoors? You’ll need a great pair of hikers. With everything from Merrell to Keen and a little bit of everything in between, you’re sure to find something to suit your style.  Love the classics? Try something like the Keen Targhee II if water protection is important, or the Merrell Moab Ventilator if you prefer something very breathable and lightweight. Both brands also offer styles perfect for those of you who like to try new things, like the popping colors of the Keen Marshall or the sleek lines of the Merrell Grassbow.

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The Keen Targhee II is a great choice for those outdoor Independence Day adventures.

No hiking or camping trip is complete without some functional accessories, and what is MADE IN USA Rubber Stampmore appropriate on our Independence Day than using products that are Made in America? From Smartwool socks to Nalgene water bottles, you’ll be covered from head to toe in USA made products.

 

 

Even if you’re just going to a neighbors house to grill up some burgers and watch some fireworks, make sure you are sporting patriotic colors down to your toes, with red, white, and blue shoes. But why be subtle when you can be bold in full stars and stripes? Slip into an updated version of a classic look, the Stars and Stripes Santiago from Birki’s by Birkenstock. No 4th of July outfit is complete without a bag, and the Steve Madden Bfringer Heart Flag bag will easily sum up your USA pride.

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Be bold with your love for the stars and stripes with the Birki’s Santiago Stars and Stripes or the Steve Madden BFringer Heart Flag bag.

Happy Fourth of July from all of us here at Dodds Shoe Co., and we hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

 

 

 

“Today Show” Shoe Trends

This morning on the Today Show, Savannah Guthrie tackled this summer’s hottest shoe trends with the help of Gilt’s Chassie Post. We’ve outlined the highlights, and made some suggestions you can find right here on doddsshoe.com!

The first trend was METALLICS. Post said that “Metallics are MAJOR” this season, emphasizing that traditional golds and silvers are a neutral, while colored metallic can add some “umph” to a traditional jeans and t-shirt look. Even though we normally associated metallic with night looks, this season metallics can help you seamlessly go from day to night.

Metallics are a MUST this season.

We offer classic Sperry Top-Sider styles in a variety of metallics for a great casual way to incorporate this trend in your wardrobe. For colored metallics, we love rose gold looks like the Taos Cleopatra and the Sofft Paharita.

Incorporate metallics into your summer wardrobe with the Taos Cleopatra, the Sofft Paharita, or the Sperry Top-Sider A/O or Audrey in Platinum.

Incorporate metallics into your summer wardrobe with the Taos Cleopatra, the Sofft Paharita, or the Sperry Top-Sider A/O or Audrey in Platinum.

The next trend they moved on to was “sassy sandals.” Post started out the segment by suggesting EVERYONE (including men!) get pedicures, because sandals are huge this summer (like most summers, I suppose). The difference this season is that Birkenstocks are BACK in a big way. Here at doddsshoe.com, we can attest to this trend, and we love that comfort is now cool again!

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The classic Birkenstock styles like the Arizona, Gizeh, and Madrid are now available in the color of the season (white), with pop-of-color soles, and can even tie in the previous metallic trend. One of our other favorite brands, Sofft, has developed their own line of Birkenstock-inspired styles, with cushioned comfort soles, fun uppers, and the cork support we all love.

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Comfort sandals are back! Pictured: Birkenstock Arizona, Gizeh, Madrid, and the Sofft Belicia and Brooke.

The last summer shoe trend they highlighted is the platform. We love platforms because they are both comfortable AND stylish. Post said platforms can help “make a 4-inch heel feel more like a sensible 2-inch heel.” One platform must-have is the wedge sneaker. We’ve already written about why WE love wedge-sneakers in a previous post, and we’re glad they’re back again this season. A new twist on a classic is the “flatform,” or flat platforms.

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We have wedge sneakers from both Puma and Madden Girl, and the Born Maldives is the perfect example of the Flatform.

Summer OFFICIALLY starts in just a few days, so get your shoe closet vamped up for the season with the hottest shoe trends, with help from the Today Show and Dodds Shoe Co.!

 

Wedding Season is Here

It is officially that time again; the time for registries, cake, and dancing to “Shout.” It’s wedding season! We’ve got the essential tips to find the perfect wedding shoe for the unconventional bride, the loyal bridesmaids, and the stylish wedding guest.

The Unconventional Bride: Not every bride wants the 5 inch high satin stiletto that is Bride and Groom in Conversesold in many bridal shops. If you’re the bride, it’s your day, and you should feel like YOU! Do you spend 90% of your time in sneakers? Wear a shiny new pair of Converse! Are you having a beachy wedding? Wear some Sperry Top Siders to fit the theme! Are you a little bit country? Wear your favorite pair of cowboy boots (or use it as an excuse to get that brand new pair of Fryes you’ve had your eye on!) and you’ll feel comfortable all day long.

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The Loyal Bridesmaid: Being a bridesmaid can be tough…keeping an eye on Uncle Larry to make sure he doesn’t have too many custom cocktails, running around making sure the flower girl doesn’t eat all the heart mints, and of course getting things going on the dance floor. Basically, they end up spending a LOT of time on their feet, so a good looking yet functional pair of shoes is a necessity. Luckily, there are brands like Sofft, Born, and Isola that make finding that combination easy. For a wedding without a lot of grass-walking, a sturdy heel and strappy upper will do just fine, like the Sofft Perla. For those outdoor weddings, to avoid the old “heel stuck in the grass” problem, bridesmaids could opt for a wedge or a flat in a matching color with metallic accents to add some glam, like the Isola Evana.

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Bridesmaid shoes should be stylish, yet comfortable and functional since there will be a lot of running around!

The Stylish Guest: As a guest, your job is to have a good time and soak in the love! Looking fabulous doesn’t hurt either. Summer weddings are the perfect time to get out those fun and flirty dresses and look your best while mingling with old and new friends. Really, the only rule for you is not to wear all white, so feel free to have fun with color, textures, and prints. We’ve got the wedding shoes you need to top off the outfit, from a pair of hot-hued heels, block sandals with retro details, or kitten heel pumps.

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Being a stylish wedding guest is easy with help from the Madden Girl Getta, the Isola Lucina, or the Clarks Sage Copper.

There is no denying that wedding season is here, and we want to help you look the best, no matter what your role is! Find the perfect wedding shoe for you, right here at doddsshoe.com.

 

Perforated Details:
A Cut Above

Get out of the cold winter slump with shoes that are made for Spring…shoes with cutout and perforation details. This spring shoe trend is one of my favorites because these details not only add visual interest, but they add built-in ventilation as the days get warmer and warmer.

Oxfords are a year-round look, giving classic style and sophistication to any casual look.

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Actress AnnaLynne McCord puts some prep in her spring step thanks to perforated oxfords, like the Born Dallyce.

If you add some cutout details, you create a whole new warm weather presence. AnnaLynne McCord looks fun and flirty with her flowy dress and bright belt, and adds a bit of prep in her step with these perforated oxfords. Get her look with the Born Dallyce. If you wear them with tights, it gives the cutouts even more of an opportunity to stand out. Adding perforations and cutouts can add fresh new style to the classic oxford.

Perforated and Cutout Oxfords

Brands like Rieker, Jambu, and Cobb Hill have styled up their oxford looks with cute cutouts and perforations.

Boat shoe maker Sperry Top Sider has jumped on the perforated trend with one of their most popular styles, the Angelfish. The Angelfish Perfs has everything you love about their boat shoes, in a more breathable and eye-catching style.

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Perforation and cutout details also lend a style boost to classic summer wedges and heels. The Born Marlys is already stylish, with the cork wrapped platform wedge and strappy upper.

born-marlysWhen the circular cutouts are added to a few of the straps, it brings the style to a new level. Any high heel, whether it’s a mary-jane, slide sandal sandals or classic pump, can get a fresh, new, jump-start on spring thanks to these details.

 

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Enjoy the breezy breathability spring has to offer with shoes featuring the cutout and perforation trend. Check out our selection of styles here.

 

OTZ Shoes:
B.C. inspiration

otz-motorcycleSome new brands cause quite a stir here at doddsshoe.com, and OTZShoes is definitely one of them. What are they? They’re a casual, zero drop, minimalist shoe that provide tons of comfort, and come with ice-age inspiration. That’s right, the muse for this new brand is “Ötzi,” the iceman. Ötzi is a well-preserved mummy, dating back to about 3300BC. Why would he be inspirational to a California shoe company over 5000 years later? Ötzi was found wearing the oldest known pair of shoes.

 

 

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Very sophisticated for his time, Ötzi the iceman was found with shoes that were waterproof and insulated, ideal for walking across snow.

These shoes were remarkable considering the time period…they were actually waterproof, made of deer hide stitched to a wide bear skin sole, making them ideal for trekking across the snow. Internally, a woven net filled with dried grass and moss provided warmth and comfort, and functioned like modern socks. Ludo, the creative director of OTZ Shoes, heard about this find in 2005 and decided to take inspiration from those shoes, incorporate today’s trends and technologies, and the concept of OTZ shoes was born.

Some of that new technology is the patent pending CORKlite footbed.

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OTZ’s CORKlite footbed is featured in their classic OTZ300GMS style. This lightweight soft cork footbed is made from compression molded EVA, and wrapped in a 1.8mm cork casing. The EVA provides shock absorption and cushion with each step, and the cork provides antimicrobial properties that reduce bacterial build up so you can wear this style with or without socks. The 1.8mm suede lining helps wick away moisture, providing a healthy and dry environment. The CORKlite footbed also helps promote healthy posture and will eventually mold to the shape of your foot for a customized and cushioned ride.

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The OTZ300GMS provides the ultimate in casual comfort with a variety of uppers to match your lifestyle.

The OTZ300GMS style comes with the comfort of CORKlite, and a variety of different uppers.  The colorful Belize version features Belize cotton trim, inspired from Central American designs. All of the linen versions feature Italian made coarse linen that has been stone washed for a unique look and lightweight feel. For something a little bit more weather resistant, the waxed canvas upper is water resistant AND stain resistant thanks to the wax content, yet the canvas still keeps this version breathable. Whatever upper you choose, it is stitched directly to the outsole for increased durability and minimal use of glues.

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Inspired from the past and crafted with today in mind, OTZShoes are a fun new addition to doddsshoe.com.

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

The holiday season is upon us, and as much as I love shopping, gift buying can be overwhelming! Thank goodness I work in retail, right? I was able to find gifts for so many of my loved ones right here at doddsshoe.com.

First, my mom. She is a teacher and is on her feet chasing around kids all day, so I knew she’d appreciate something to slip into at the end of the day that would put a smile on her face and relieve some of the stress that builds up on her tired soles. Haflinger slippers were my immediate first instinct…but there are so many great options! The Charisma is so pretty and delicate with the flower appliques across the top, the Calypso is so fun and colorful (just like her!), but the Classic AS Slipper is always a good go-to.

But then I remembered her collection of giraffe figurines in our curio cabinet while growing up, and it hit me…the Jimmy! Who can resist that long neck and those adorable eyes? Perfect gift for Mom: check!

haflinger-jimmy-for-momNow for Dad…he’s tough sometimes. All I can remember him asking for are socks or a new tie. He never wants to ask for anything new, and will use everything he has until it is worn out completely. Like his snow boots for instance…he has owned the Sorel Caribou for as long as I can remember, and although they held up during the entirety of my education I think this will be the year to replace them. Luckily the Caribou has only made minor improvements in the last few DECADES, so I know he will still like these winter classics for years to come.

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My sisters were easy. My youngest one is stylish, trendy, and youthful…the perfect candidate for an awesome pair of Madden Girl boots. The colored back zippers are one of the hottest trends out there right now, and the Madden Girl Cactuss has the cool red zipper along with studs lining the sides for even more style.cactuss-for-sister

My other sister is bubbly and has a sparkling personality, and loves to stay comfortable and warm (when we were kids she would surround the floor heat vent with a blanket and just sit there and soak in the heat). I think the UGG Australia Classic Short Sparkles may have been made just for her…warm shearling lining and colorful sequins on the outside? Just right!sparkles-for-sister

And with that, my family is taken care of! Except for stocking stuffers of course.  I think my family almost looks forward to my Smartwool Stocking Stuffers more than my shortbread cookies…almost.

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Find gifts for everyone on your list using our Holiday Gift Guide, and let doddsshoe.com make holiday shopping easy!

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Sneaker Wedges:
The Ultimate “Cool-Girl Kicks”

sneaker-wedge-hilightIt’s a wedge! It’s a sneaker! It’s the ultimate casual shoe, the sneaker-wedge! Thanks to this new trend, your fashionista instincts can follow you from casual Friday to weekend hang-outs. Hi-top sneakers have always had a cool retro vibe, but they’ve also been a bit of a sacrifice since you lose those leg-lengthening inches that come from wearing heels. Let’s face it, being boosted up on a pair of heels is basically the equivalent to instantly losing 5 pounds. Especially for those of us who weren’t blessed in the height department, forgoing our heels can be tough. Luckily, now you can have them both!

 

 

 

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Miranda Kerr and Beyonce showing off their stylish mommy style and Dakota Fanning with a youthful take, all in trendy high-top sneaker wedges.

Celebs have eaten up this trend. Miranda Kerr and Beyonce both throw on a pair for some street-chic mommy style, while Dakota Fanning shows how youthful and versatile the shoes can be. Beyonce’s Isabel Marant pair can run upwards of $800…if that’s a little bit out of your price range, the Steve Madden Hilight ($95.95) and the Madden Girl  Hickorry ($54.95) are budget friendly (but just as fashionable!) alternatives.

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The Madden Girl Hickorry and the Steve Madden Hilight are more budget friendly ways to rock this cool trend.

sneaker-wedge-skirtsThose celebs paired their wedges with skinny pants and loose uppers which is great for fall. Another way to wear them is with a flirty a-line dress (like I did back in the warmer months) or a cute mini. I wore my Steve Madden Olympiaa sneaker wedges for a look that had a bit of a girly-punk vibe.

 

 

If your style is a bit more sporty/tomboy-chic, the Puma Sky Wedge might be just what you’re looking for. Puma describes the reason before this style as their “duty to engineer a high-collared heel with all the comfort and kick-a**-tastic looks to make smooth moves.” They did just that, and added extra-bold colors and the signature Puma form stripe down the side for a look that is about as street-chic as you can get.

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We love the way Puma advertised their Sky Wedge sneakers…”Carefully designed to combat tall people who stand at the front.” So true!

If you’re still not convinced, maybe you’ll take the advice from fashion police queen Joan Rivers, who called them what all the “cool girls” were wearing. During a recent episode of “Fashion Police,” this trend was discussed on the segment “Gotta Have It/Make It Stop.” Joan, Guiliana, and Kelly all said “Gotta Have It,” and George only said no because he thought they would become TOO popular. But if worn right and with confidence, we here at doddsshoe.com say sneaker wedges are the ULTIMATE cool-girl kicks, and we’ve GOTTA HAVE THEM!

Beginner Running Tips

Running is not only a great way to stay in shape, it can really benefit your overall health, both physical and mental. From raising levels of good cholesterol and increasing lung function, to boosting your immune system and preventing disease, to relieving stress and eliminating depression, the benefits of running seem endless. The hardest part about running is getting the motivation to just get out and do it, so here are a few running tips for beginners to make it just a little bit easier to take advantage of this awesome exercise.

Asics Kayano 18: the latest version of the legendary running shoe.

First things first: When you begin running, you need to get a really good pair of running shoes.  Without having good support and cushion, injuries such as shin splints, bad knees, or weak ankles can occur.  When I started running, I had really bad pain in my shins and it took me a couple of weeks to finally figure out that it was my shoes. I switched to Asics Kayano 18, and my shins thanked me immediately. The Kayano is gradually becoming a “legendary” shoe in the running community, and the 18th edition  lives up to its reputation with all around support and just that little bit of extra cushion for comfort.  These shoes are great for any terrain, including the road, trail, or track.

Another great running shoe is the lightweight and breathable  Brooks PureFlow.  The PureFlow is made to be more street specific, and comes in a variety of awesome colors for men, women, and kids. Just think; your whole family running around the neighborhood in a rainbow of different PureFlow shoes. Your neighbors will be saying “What a stylish and healthy family!” In hot weather, this shoe would be a great pick for its breathability and almost minimalist feel.

Brooks PureFlow Collection for men, women, and kids.

When you’ve found your perfect shoe and decide to start running, start slowly.  Don’t push yourself into running five miles the first day. Start out with about a mile and if that feels like a breeze, go up in distance the next time or switch to a faster pace.  If you want to

Nathan Hydration Products make sure your water levels are just right while on the go.

run longer distances, be sure to stay hydrated!  Take a Nathan water bottle holster to strap on while you are on your run. This way you won’t have to stop to take a water break, and you’ll have a place for essentials like your phone and keys.

One thing you need to do before and after you start your run is to stretch!  Loosen those hamstrings and calves with the Trigger Point Therapy Performance Kit and the Trigger Point revolutionary foam roller.  There have been a few days when I go out for a run and think I’ll be fine without stretching, and I ALWAYS regret it. Trust me, you will feel it in the morning! The performance kit comes with DVDs and lots of instructions to properly roll out your specific muscles.  You will be feeling much happier if you stretch before and after running. With these tips, you’ll soon be on your way to getting all the amazing benefits of running. Get the shoes, stretching advice, and athletic apparel you need to get started right here at www.doddsshoe.com.